(NBC News) – New research reveals home exercise programs can benefit hip fracture patients, after they go through standard rehabilitation.
Hip fractures can be devastating for elderly patients, and many die or are in long-term care facilities within two years of their injury. But this study found older adults who transitioned from formal rehab to a home exercise program had better physical function and balance than patients not in the program.
Home exercises included standing from a chair or climbing a step, taught by a physical therapist, and then performed independently by patients at home for six months.
While these programs appear to be an effective and cost-efficient way to improve quality of life for hip fracture patients, researchers say more studies are needed.